Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Ice from the air

Current conditions, based on info from park staff:
  • Streams and rivers are open. Water levels are very high and still rising.
  • In general, all interior lakes are frozen solid up to the shore.
  • Several access roads are impassable due to washouts and/or snow.
  • Check the Algonquin Park spring ice update for more details and safety messages.
  • Check the NOAA satellite images for big lake conditions
The good news?
  • Conditions are changing VERY quickly and the warm weather is continuing. Many smaller lakes will open in the next few days. Mew and Brewer Lakes, for example, are almost ice-free and we expect Costello to open today. There is open water in front of the Opeongo Store.
  • Park staff are planning another flight on Friday morning and will report on conditions by early afternoon that day.
Here are some images from yesterday's helicopter fight over Algonquin Park:

The East Arm of Opeongo Lake, looking west

The north end of Lake Lavielle

Happy Isle Lake, looking towards Merchant
(the dark area is cloud shadow, not black ice)

Pathfinder Island, on Source Lake

Crooked Chute, on the Petawawa River (yikes!)

The Natch. Nice place, if you could get there.

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